Summary: Funeral service for Marcia Jean Tucker, single mother and immigration officer.
Our third-grade teacher was very concerned about our
posture. Day after day she would command her students to
watch their posture. “Sit with your back straight and your
feet flat on the floor; don’t slump in your seat.” “Stand erect,
with your weight equally distributed on both feet; don’t
slouch.” “When you read, hold your book with the light
coming over your right shoulder.” Mind you, that was before
the days of doing your homework by the flickering light of a
television set! “Walk on the balls of your feet.” She noticed
everything. Posture was all-important to this teacher of
mine. She watched us constantly and corrected the way we
walked and sat and stood; and if she had been able to come
to our homes at night, I am sure she would also have given
us advice on how to lie down!
My teacher seemed a bit of a fanatic to us when we were
eight years old and thought we had infinite flexibility. Now,
nearly six decades later, I see her point. Or maybe I should
say, I feel her point, right here in the small of my back!
Posture is important. And what we do with our walking and
sitting and standing is going to have much to do with our
physical health. But if the Bible is to be believed, walking
and sitting and standing are also markers of our spiritual
health. Marcia Jean Tucker learned this lesson and learned
it well. Walking, sitting, standing – her life will teach us
healthy spiritual posture.
First, Marcia taught us to pay attention to the way we walk.
Marcia taught us, as the saying goes, to “walk the walk and
not just talk the talk.” Marcia Tucker’s witness is that walking
in integrity is a good thing, but it cannot be done on your
own. If you would walk in integrity, you must also walk in
faithfulness to God. You must trust God, or else your
attempt to walk in integrity is doomed to failure.
The Psalmist confirms this when he says:
.. for I have walked in my integrity, and I have trusted in the LORD
without wavering. ... I walk in faithfulness to you.
Walking in integrity means walking in faithfulness and
trusting God without wavering. Have you ever done a “trust
walk”? A trust walk is an exercise we use to teach people
that others will take care of them. If I were to lead you
through a trust walk, I would blindfold you, and then begin to
give you instructions: “Walk straight ahead; turn right when I
tell you to; turn around and walk backward until I stop you.”
Well, most of you would not feel comfortable doing that. You
wouldn’t be sure you could really trust my judgment or my
intent to keep you from harm. You would likely feel you had
to tear off that blindfold and see for yourself where you were
heading. You would want to walk on your own.
But the Bible teaches us to trust walk with God. If we are
going to walk in integrity, we are also going to have to walk in
faithfulness and trust God. We are in blindfolds, and the only
way we can walk the walk without stumbling and falling is to
trust our guide. Marcia Tucker came to that conclusion. She
had always been concerned with integrity. As a law